Managing Diabetes with In-Home Nurse Care

Diabetes Nurse Care

Diabetes is a life-long condition that requires proper treatment and management. As the population grows, more and more are affected by this disease. And seniors are among those affected. Thankfully, there are ways to manage diabetes. One of which is through the professional services of skilled nursing care.

As people age, the risk of diabetes is elevated. In part because aging retirees are less likely to be physically active. Or they have been on a high sugar diet when they were younger.

Although seniors are at an increased risk, it's still possible to live life comfortably. With proper skilled nursing care at home, their condition can become manageable.

Health Complications Associated With Diabetes in Seniors

Diabetes can develop at any age. And it is also a complicated health condition. Failing to manage it can lead to more serious problems. That said, it is beneficial to be aware of the common symptoms for early detection.

  • Fatigue

  • Increased hunger or thirst

  • Frequent urination

  • Unexplained weight loss

  • Blurred vision

  • Delayed healing of cuts or bruises

If you or a senior loved one experiences any of these symptoms, consult a healthcare professional.

What if you or an aging loved one is already diagnosed with diabetes?

Managing Diabetes in Seniors at Home

Seniors with diabetes can enjoy their retirement years at home. They can continue to live comfortably in an environment that is familiar to them.

But to successfully manage diabetes, seniors need a lifestyle change. This means eating healthy foods and exercising. But for some retirees, this can be a bit challenging.

For example, eating healthy means they have to prepare meals instead of eating processed, unhealthy foods. Physical activities may also prove to be challenging for seniors with mobility issues. Additionally, there's also an increased risk of falls.

That said, you or a senior loved one may benefit from the services of a home health aide.

How can a home health aide assist seniors with diabetes?

  • Provide assistance in basic medication management and administration

  • Measure vitals such as blood pressure, pulse, and temperature

  • Assistance with light exercises as well as with mobility devices

  • Meal preparation

  • Assistance with daily living activities such as bathing, dressing, toileting, and continence

A home care professional can provide assistance for approximately 4-8 hours per day. But if you or an elderly loved one requires extra medical attention, skilled nursing care may prove to be beneficial.

How Skilled Nursing Care Can Help Manage Diabetes

If left untreated, diabetes can lead to further health complications. In fact, seniors have a higher risk of developing mental or physical disabilities due to this disease. It could lead to depression, chronic pain, kidney disease, and more. That said, proper treatment and medication must be done.

But diabetes treatment relies so much on routine and careful monitoring. It can be challenging for seniors to stay on top of their health condition. Thankfully, skilled nursing care by a registered nurse can also be an in-home care option.

Skilled Registered Nurses (RNs) will come to the senior's house to assist with their medical needs and follow any protocols prescribed by a physician. They will be there to treat as well as educate family members to properly manage this disease, and also report back required medical documentation to the Dr’s Office.

In addition to providing continuing education, oversight, and diet specific guidance, in-home nurse care will provide the following assistance:

Administer Diabetic Medications

It can be challenging for seniors to keep track of their oral diabetes medications. Or they might forget and take extra dosages. Some might have trouble administering insulin injections.

All these complications can be avoided.

Registered Nurses provide a high level of service for medical care. They are trained to take care of diabetic patients. That said, they can assist in medication management. They are also trained to properly administer insulin injections as required. Best of all, they can educate the family as well as health aides on proper medication administration.

Monitor Blood Glucose Level

Proper monitoring of blood glucose levels is crucial in managing diabetes. You or a loved one may find it challenging to properly use the blood glucose meter. Some seniors with blurry vision may not be able to read their results.

Skilled nursing care can help with blood glucose monitoring. The Registered Nur